Distillation and fermentation was discovered prior the sixteen century. Cereals such as mullet, sorghum, malt, barley, rice and or fruits even tree, were used to provide ‘intoxicating brew’ for gin, rum, brandy, wine, whiskey, scotch, beer, cider, liquor, and so many others. Copious potions were served in taverns, saloons, “pubs”, bars and others for whichever occasions. Monasteries started selling “spirituous drinks”. ‘Healing remedies’ were also prepared by mixing ingredients with alcohol.
Time for vacation, barbecue, and relaxation. In the beginning, alcohol is mostly used for relaxation. However, it may develop into an enslavement in some chemically imbalanced people. Though alcohol is recommended in moderation, it remains a social plague. Binge drinking among students is a well known pandemic. In fact, alcohol generates more victims that it can heal. Its cost is colossal.
Related consequences of alcohol
- Car accidents
- Domestic violence and divorce
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Alcohol & damage
Alcohol acts on every organ in the body creating havoc by disturbing hormonal and electrolyte balance. Enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are easily depleted … Managing the treatment of alcohol dependence is challenging due to chronic and relapsing nature of the disease and the need for education.
Alcohol and affected Organs
- Brain atrophy is common in chronic alcoholism. Memories (long and short term) are decreased. Confabulation involving true or false memories are increased.
- Damage to the nervous system.
- Increase emotional disturbances.
- Homocysteinemia, and alcohol are the most significant modifiable risk factors of stroke. Homocysteine called C-reactive protein (CRP), an important predictor of cardiovascular disease and ischemic stroke. Elevated plasma homocysteine is also an indication of high triglycerides and uric acid. Excessive levels may contribute to cardiovascular disease and dementia associated with alcoholism.
- Alcohol decreases bones minerals and increases bone loss.
- Alcohol consumption is associated with a moderate rise in breast cancer risk through different mechanisms. Alcohol increases estrogen levels in blood.
Muscular tissue is weakened, enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently. Alcohol raises blood pressure.
Gastro – Intestinal
- Alcohol enhances risk of different type of cancer
- Alcohol targets alveolars therefore gas exchanges in blood.
- Alcohol lessen fertility and testosterone and increase impotence
- Fetal alcohol syndrome involves permanent birth defects.
- In women, binge drinking during pregnancy may cause irreversible brain damage to the fetus.
- Alcohol amplify inflammation
High in calories (1g = 4kcal), however, some studies show that moderate alcohol consumption will not increase weight, in some subjects. Still, It is converted into fat and beer drinkers demonstrate what is called, the ‘beer belly’.